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Step-by-Step Breakdown: Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

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There is no common English name for dwi pada viparita dandasana, as it translates to "two-legged inverted staff pose"—both the English and the Sanskrit are quite a mouthful! I like to refer to it as a "forearm backbend," as that is what it is: an extreme backbend on your forearms.

In order to move into this pose with ease, I recommend opening your shoulders and hips to create the space you need for this deep heart opener. In this video, you will warm up your body in all the right places to move into this juicy pose. Don't force it! Like every asana, the pose will come when you are ready for it. Take deep breaths, and enjoy the exploration.

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